Striper is an exceptional example of a custom downeast vessel. Powered by a 450hp Volvo Penta TAMD74EDC with low hours. The 31 JC Express helm is outfitted with some of the best in electronics and custom additions such as a teak helm pod with single lever control, custom gauge pod, bow thruster and much more. Her hull and deck have had numerous custom additions such as stainless steel pulpit, two-tone paint throughout, molded stairway to cabin, teak cockpit sole, bomar commercial grade deck hatches, nonskid sole throughout, coaming bolsters and full enclosure just to name a few. Don't miss this great opportunity to own this great custom downeast express. Call today to schedule your showing.
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BOAT IS LOCATED IN: Cos Cobb, CT
Striper is a custom built 31 JC express built with headroom and comfort in mind. From ample seating on both port and starboard side, oversized helm seat, custom helm pod, to the molded companionway leading to the cabin down below. The cockpit sole is lined with a teak sole, equipped with bomar hatches and coaming bolsters throughout. The helm deck sole was painted with nonskid for safety and durability. Engine access is well appointed with a push of a button or through the day hatch forward of the console. Comfort is key, should it get chilly there is a full enclosure so you can adjust the eisenglass to your comfort. Two tone accents throughout.
Headroom is ample, even heading down the spiral companionway to the cabin. The cabin is well appointed with a heavy-duty carpet sole, full marine head and forward v-berth.
Helm is centerline with full walkaround accommodations, custom teak helm pod with single lever control, fresh electronics, wide helm chair and much more.
Power & Motoryacht Magazine JC-31 — By Capt. Patrick Sciacca — August 2000
The JC-31 is a lightweight, bare-knuckled bluewater brawler built to go the distance.
George Maib really likes to build boats, especially custom sport fishermen that flatten seas like a heavyweight boxer flattens opponents--with a big punch. That's why Maib, president of JC Boats of Florida, has spent the last three years bringing the custom Downeast-style JC-31 to southern waters.
Sharing his affinity for the Downeast look, I hopped a plane from New York with childlike anticipation to watch the JC-31 spar with the blue water. On my arrival, I walked down the gas float at Fort Lauderdale's 15th Street Fisheries' dock past a group of kids in a center-console Boston Whaler with a cooler full of dolphin. The kids said they’d found these colorful fish under a weed line about five miles out, so it looked like a fine day of testing and fishing lay ahead.
As I boarded the JC, the wide-open, 104-square-foot cockpit on this stripped-down fishing machine struck me immediately. My eyes were drawn forward to the starboard helm, with the wheel and Morse dual-lever controls an easy reach from the optional Pompanette chair. There was ample space for electronics above the controls, clear visibility across the cockpit, and close proximity to lines, so working a big fish should never be a problem.
Abaft the helm on the centerline, a cushioned engine cover doubles as a seat. Beneath it our test boat carried a single 370-hp Volvo Penta diesel, although JC will install almost any engine brand, single or twins. (To date, the list has included engines from John Deere, Volvo Penta, Yanmar, Cummins, and Caterpillar.) As Maib and sales manager Chip Edmonds lifted the teak-trimmed seat to show me the diesel, I noted a few grunts. The engine cover/seat is heavy. Yet at 11,000 pounds (loaded), the 31 is light for her 31'4" LOA and 11'2" beam, which could make her a good mega yacht tender.
Although the boat looked tough, with her broad-shouldered beam and flared bow, the question remained: How would the JC-31 do in the ring with Neptune? Maib cranked up the Volvo Penta, and we headed out to the weed line on a fairly relaxed ocean. En route, my radar gun showed a top speed of 23 mph at 2750 rpm as the four blade bronze Michigan propelled the boat forward with ease. (Later, during our acceleration runs inside by the Port Everglades turning basin, she hit 25.6 mph.) Although not particularly fast, the JC-31 is what Edmonds calls "a sipper." Our boat burned just 19.6 gph at WOT, yielding a nearly 150-mile range from her single 370-hp Volvo Penta diesel engine and making the most of her 160-gallon fuel capacity.
In addition to being economical and spacious, our JC-31 also showed good footwork. At one point, with the boat at WOT, Maib yelled, "Hold on, fellas," and put the wheel hard over to port, scribing a tight, nearly perfect circle, then back to starboard, carving a figure-eight. All the time the 31 performed smoothly, if a bit loudly: Our decibel meter read 101 dB-A at the helm at WOT (65 dB-A is the level of normal conversation). Additional acoustical insulation is available as an option, and I'd order it.
As we neared the weed line, Maib climbed the 450-pound, 19'6", Will Garrett tower and I moved to the helm seat. At 5'7", I had a sightline problem while sitting when the boat was on plane, so if you're my height, you might want to consider a step-up deck or taller seat. This JC was built for Maib who, measuring about five inches taller than I, had no trouble peering over the bow. However, I did fit easily into the bare-necessities cabin, which features V-berths, a head with shower all the way forward, and a maximum headroom of seven feet.
At the weed line, everyone looked for signs of life as Edmonds prepared the lures and pulled some lively ballyhoo from the 40-gallon livewell that's in the deck between a stowage hatch and steering-access hatch. Capt. Ken Kreisler, who was along for the ride, took the wheel atop the tower, Maib prepared the Lee outriggers, and the hunt was on. The morning went by fast as Edmonds and I swapped "one that got away" stories, but it was apparent we were a little late for the all-you-can-catch dolphin bonanza. A large sea turtle, however, came up to investigate our bait presentation. He swam around a bit and appeared to nod in approval before flapping his flippers to head back down below the surface. Well, at least somebody liked them.
The wind picked up as we drifted out the morning, putting the JC-31 broadside to the building swells, but when
she rolled over them, her hard chines kept her stable, a great quality if you drift fish or troll or are susceptible to
the motion of the ocean.
Maybe it was the unusual 90-degree-plus March weather that kept the fish down, but as the morning faded Kreisler had to get back, and skunked, we headed home. As Maib pushed the 31's 3'1"-deep keel through the ocean, a small but refreshing spray popped through the soft-covered helm enclosure--nothing a quick washdown from the port-side, 50-gallon freshwater tank couldn't fix. If you're looking for an even drier ride, molded spray rails are optional.
The morning provided such an affable ocean that a truly accurate picture of this boat's sea-handling ability remained unknown--but we weren't done yet. After we dropped off Kreisler, a nice northeast breeze kicked up, producing a steady three- to four-foot chop. Now we'd get a chance to push the boat a bit. And maybe, finally find a fish.
As Maib charged the whitecaps at about 19 knots (according to our handheld Garmin GPS), I placed one hand on the tower in anticipation of the boat bouncing, but the JC just punched the ocean out of the way. "This is JC water," Edmonds remarked. "This boat just isn't scared." This is at least partially attributable to the JC-31's solid construction: Her hull, forward deck, side panels, and wash rails are hand-laid fiberglass with Baltek balsa coring. Bulking up the structure, the cockpit floor has two laminations of 1/2-inch plywood with a fiberglass mat surface and two-tone gelcoat.
After trolling and drifting another couple of fishless hours, it was time for us to call it a day. While we were heading back in a following sea, I worked my way up the tower to see for myself how this single-engine 31-footer maneuvered. I was surprised. Her steering was virtually unaffected by surfing down the backside of swells, and she never once got squirrelly.
Weight: 11,000 Lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 160 Gal.
Water Capacity: 50 Gal.
Test Engine: 1/370-Hp Volvo Penta P63 Diesel Inboard
Props: 23x21 4-Blade Michigan Wheel Nibral
Steering: Hynautic Hydraulic
Optional Equipment on Test Boat: Bennett Trim Tabs; Will Garrett Tuna Tower; Lee Outriggers; Center Rigger;
Custom Console W/Electronics Box; Teak Trim Package; Pompanette Helm Seat
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